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Teen recovering after truck strikes farm implement

The Ford Expedition was forced open by members of the New Richmond Fire Department in order to pull Caitlyn Cheaney from the car after it collided with a tractor pulling a disk apparatus on Friday, Nov. 15. (Submitted photos)

A New Richmond teenager was transported directly to a St. Paul hospital Friday morning, Nov. 15, after the sport utility vehicle she was driving struck a disk implement pulled by a tractor along County Road C near 118th Street.

Caitlyn Cheaney, 17, was taken to Regions Hospital from the scene by New Richmond Ambulance personnel once firefighters had extricated her from the 2001 Ford Expedition she'd been driving.

Regions Hospital said Monday that Cheaney was no longer a patient, thus she was either discharged or transferred to another facility. A call to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare was not returned Monday.

The crash, reported at 7:15 a.m., occurred when Cheaney crossed the centerline while reaching for a cellphone in the truck, according to St. Croix County Sheriff's Department Captain Jeff Klatt.

A passenger in the Expedition, Anna Cheaney, age 14, suffered minor injuries.

The tractor operator, Mark Vandewiele, 58, of New Richmond, was not injured in the Nov. 15 accident.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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